Even the most well-behaved kids sometimes get in trouble at school. Whether your kid is five or 15, what do you do when you learn that your child did something wrong in school? How do you, as a parent, handle the situation and discuss it with a defiant child? Or a quiet, shy child? Or a remorseful child?
Should students be allowed to have their cell phones in middle school and high school? A 2010 Pew Research Center study found that 65 percent of cell-owning teens bring their phones to school despite any bans that may be in place. Most high schools now allow students to have cell phones but require them to be turned off during class because they can be disruptive and distracting.
Pop quiz: What is Voxer? If you're scratching your head, it's time to read up on the trendy new social media apps kids are using. Friending your child on Facebook is now just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to online safety. Click through to see some of the sites and new apps tweens and teens are flocking to these days, and get useful tips for protecting your child from cyberbullying and other online safety hazards.
It seems like everywhere you look, there’s a child with a cell phone. Even if they’re young, there’s a good chance that the phone belongs to them. If your child doesn’t have one, they’re probably asking you when they’re going to get their first smartphone. Studies show that more than half of children have their first smartphone by the time they’re 11 years old with that number jumping to 69% for 12-year-olds.
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In these unprecedented times, we are all dealing with the effects of social distancing. Though we know it is absolutely essential to stay home whenever possible during this global pandemic, the physical distance from friends and loved ones can be extremely difficult for people of all ages to deal with. Children are not immune to this experience. Whether children are expressing it or not, they do need interactions with others for the sake of their social emotional health.
It is that time of year to “begin” teaching your children about your faith. Did you and your spouse discuss how you want to teach your children about each of your faith? Regardless of how you approach the topic, it is important to remember that you both made a commitment to each other to love and honor regardless of each of your faith. I strongly suggest setting up a game plan in being on the same page so when you do have the conversation, the children do not feel torn between either of the parents. Maybe religion is more important to you than your spouse? Are you a co-parent?
Come on, admit it. We’ve all dreamed of being a TV or movie star. If American Idol allowed you to audition in the shower, you would have taken over the music industry. How often did that hairbrush serve as a makeshift microphone? You know you had that perfect voice to call the big game, “bottom of the ninth… two outs…bases loaded.” Fifteen minutes of fame wasn’t going to be enough time for you.
How do you remain high vibe and filled with energy when your work and life schedule is hectic? That is the question I get asked all the time as a busy ER Doctor and entrepreneur. My answer is always to do something for yourself every day and to be protective of your time and energy.
After becoming a mom, it can feel as though not much changes anymore. For your kids, sure. But for you? It often seems as though you’re trapped in the routine of changing diapers, picking up toys and crumbs and random socks left in the middle of the floor, school drop-offs and pick-ups, and playing the never-ending game of keep-up-with-the-laundry.
Your first parent-teacher conference after a divorce or separation can be uncomfortable and stressful, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Not only are you worried about the issues the teacher might address, but seeing your ex can be a nerve-wracking experience. It can bring back unwanted memories, or it could stir up feelings that you may not want to resurface. Plus, you don’t want the teacher to feel the tension in the room.
Everyone seems to be talking about Marie Kondo and her minimalist principles that apply to tidying up. Whether her advice has helped you organize your home or not, the KonMari Method is actually very helpful for much more than just decluttering your home. Kondo’s advice happens to provide excellent metaphors for parenting lessons. Many of us consider parenting to be one of the most important yet overwhelming jobs out there. Here are a few ways a bit of minimalism and joy-sparking can help us make the most of parenting - both for our children and ourselves:
Toddlers are so unpredictable. There’s something to be appreciated about the period between birth and the moment your child’s language develops and you begin to hear your own words coming from a much tinier and more innocent mouth. Toddlers are also magnificent creatures that have absolutely zero care about anyone else’s opinions or feelings. They say what comes to mind, when it comes to mind, no matter who is around….and usually, this is done at a very loud volume.
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Adding your child to the family mobile plan has become a new tech-oriented milestone, but for parents, it may also mean higher data costs. Unless you’re willing to pay for an unlimited data plan, you’ll want to have a serious discussion with your kid about data usage.
Realistically, a single chat won’t do the trick for most kids. Instead, you’ll need to model, educate, and regulate — and possibly pay the occasional overage fees when things don’t go as planned.
8 Tips to Protect Your Kids from "Catfishing" OnlineIf you're like most parents, you probably didn't learn what "catfishing" means until the news of the Manti Te'o hoax broke and the new MTV documentary-style show Catfish became a hit in early 2013.
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The holiday season is here! You’ve been taking pictures all year, and when it comes time to decide on gifts for family, they are your best resource. Check out our favorite photo gifts, and find tips on how to make the most of them!
How to Pick Photos
If you keep your photos fairly organized throughout the year, separating your favorites will be a breeze, but if you’re a little behind, that’s no problem at all. Try these quick and easy ways to sort your favorite photos from an unorganized archive: